There’s No Middle Left On The Left

I was watching former FBI agent Clint Watt discuss the impact social media has been having on politics yesterday when he pulled up a slide showing the ever-increasing divide between liberal and conservative in this country.

Watt’s an expert on how radical groups and foreign governments use social media to better manipulate those most susceptible to their messaging. He warns our political parties are learning fast how to do the same. Watch

At the 25:00 minute mark, he begins to talk about the ever greater divide in our politics.
At the 26:00 minute mark he refers to a series of graphs that show how we’ve gone from a nation with a fairly wide middle to a more bimodal distribution (a greater division between liberal and conservative).

What he fails to recognize is which group moved further to its extreme.
Look at the third graph and note how the area under the red (conservative) is shorter and wider than the area under the blue. The blue (liberal) area has a higher, narrower peak and has shifted considerably to the left, leaving few in the middle. That doesn’t mean there are more liberals, only that fewer of those who would identify themselves as on the left can be found in the middle.
I believe the graphs came from “The Economist” and was based on a survey done last year by Pew Research. Here

The point? When people declare that the democratic party has left them, they’re not exaggerating. While those who are conservative spread more evenly from the center to the right, liberals are increasingly coming to a consensus of values not shared by those more prone to the center. Liberals have shifted considerably to left over the last 13 years.

6 Comments on There’s No Middle Left On The Left

  1. Ingrate profligate dolts with smartphones that have had everything handed to them including what they think is self-esteem, since birth.




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  2. While those who are conservative spread more evenly from the center to the right, liberals are increasingly coming to a consensus of values not shared by those more prone to the center.

    Or (far) more people who wave a “conservative” pennant at the parade, are actually liberals in disguise.




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  3. Looks like by 2004 the “Republicans” moved slightly to the left compared to 10 years earlier, but then moved back to a little further right than they were in 1994. You are correct, Dr. Tar, much greater movement to the left by the Dems.




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  4. Like I’ve been saying, go back and look what ANTIFA was advocating 6 months ago. Now look at what the Hollyweird elites and some in the news media are calling for. Violence waged on Trump voters. Oh and by the way, turn in your guns. These people are our enemy and a threat to the Republic. I wrote that last sentence on twitter and I’m pretty sure that what got me placed permanently in Twitmo.




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  5. They’re so intent on veering left in hopes of tapping the radicals who fell in love with Bernie that they are leaving the middle for conservatives to court and bring over to our side.

    They’ll regret leaving the moderates and independents when they’re unable to harvest enough illegal alien votes to overcome their collapse in the middle.




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  6. The Hippies in power are all old farts who can barely speak, their offspring are adults in name only.
    The sons of the Jack Kennedy Democrats have more sense




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